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Book from ~$113 CAD
Guests praised the clean, bright and modern rooms at this hotel
Tastefully decorated rooms, a saltwater indoor pool, on-site restaurant, friendly staff, free Wi-Fi and parking are some of the highlights of this hotel. Guests have given it high scores at 8.9/10 and it is ranked # 1hotel property out of 9 in Cambridge. It is close to restaurants and shopping, the Doon Valley Golf Course, Empire Movie Theatre, and Chicopee Tubing Park. The airport is only a 12-minute drive away.
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Book from ~$119 CAD
Popular north Cambridge hotel with indoor pool, restaurant, lounge and jacuzzi suites
Guests have said that this hotel offers good value and given it scores of 8.3/10 and # 4 out of 9 hotel properties. It has an on-site restaurant and pool, is close to shopping and eateries, is only 10 minutes to downtown Cambridge and 15 to the airport. The Grand River Conservation area offers camping, hiking and canoeing only 10 minutes away. Freebies include Wi-Fi and parking.
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Book from ~$99 CAD
Spotlessly clean rooms, about an 11-minute drive from downtown Kitchener
The Hampton Inn has received a stellar rating of 9.3/10 and has been ranked the # 1 hotel property in Kitchener. It's only 11 minutes to the airport and 11 to downtown Kitchener. Although prices were higher than my other picks, it supplies a free hot buffet breakfast in addition to free Wi-Fi and parking. The hotel does not have on-site restaurant, but there are a few within a 3-minute walk and there is a pool on site. Deer Ridge Golf Course and the Doon Heritage Village are nearby.

The 7 Closest Hotels to Waterloo Airport

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Book from ~$116 CAD
Close to Hwy 8 with multiple on-site and nearby dining options
Location
This hotel is located in Kitchener and is an approximate 10-minute drive or taxi ride from the airport. The area directly across from the hotel has restaurants, and other hotels and the surrounding area is mostly residential.. The nearby Fairview Park Mall is a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the hotel, and downtown Kitchener is a 10-minute drive or 20-minute bus ride from the hotel. Downtown Waterloo is 14 minutes away.
Parking
Parking is complimentary for the duration of your stay at this hotel. The hotel is open to offering extended parking of an additional day or two after check-out and requests that you notify the front desk if this in an option you're looking for.
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Book from ~$107 CAD
East Kitchener hotel with indoor & outdoor pools and restaurant but mixed reviews
Location
This hotel is an approximate 11-minute drive or taxi ride from the airport, located in Kitchener. The area around the hotel is spread out, with commercial spaces and some residential buildings, with restaurants and other hotels nearby. Downtown Kitchener can be reached by a 10-minute drive or a 20-minute bus ride, and downtown Waterloo is 15 minutes away.
Parking
Parking is free at this hotel for the duration of your stay. Extended parking for an additional day or two can be requested by contacting the front desk.
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Book from ~$66 CAD
Budget-friendly hotel with an outdoor pool, 5 minutes from Fairview Park Mall
Location
This hotel is located in Kitchener, and is about a 12-minute drive or taxi ride from the airport. The area around the hotel is mainly residential, however, there is a small shopping plaza and a few eateries across the street. Downtown Kitchener is an approximate 10-minute drive or a 15- to 20-minute bus ride, from the hotel. Downtown Waterloo is 13 minutes' drive from the hotel.
Parking
This inn offers free parking for the duration of your stay, however, they are unable to offer extended parking due to limited spaces.
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Book from ~$98 CAD
Clean rooms, a 7-minute drive from Fairview Park Mall
Location
This hotel is located in Kitchener and is an approximate 11-minute taxi ride or drive from the airport. The area directly around the hotel is mostly residential with a few small plazas and eateries nearby. 

By car or taxi, downtown Kitchener can be reached in approximately 10 minutes. The closest bus stop that will take you into downtown Kitchener is a 5-minute walk away, and the bus ride will take around 25 minutes. Downtown Waterloo can be reached in 14 minutes.
Parking
This hotel offers free parking for the duration of your stay. Extended parking of an additional day or two may be available and it is recommended to contact the front desk to inquire about this option. 
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Book from ~$100 CAD
Near Hwy 8 and Conestoga Pkwy, indoor pool, but mixed guest reviews
Location
This hotel is located in Kitchener and is an approximate 12-minute taxi ride or drive from the airport. A small shopping plaza is within a 5-minute walk from the hotel, and the area directly surrounding the hotel is mainly residential. 

Downtown Kitchener is an approximate 10-minute drive or taxi ride from this hotel. To travel to downtown Kitchener by bus, there is a bus route that stops right outside of the hotel, and the travel time is around 20 to 25 minutes.  Downtown Waterloo is about a 13 minute drive away.
Parking
This hotel offers complimentary parking for the duration of your stay. Extended parking may be available at a rate of $10 per day after check-out and it is recommended to contact the front desk about this option.
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Book from ~$156 CAD
Guests praised exceptional staff and clean, modern rooms
Location
This hotel is located in Cambridge and is an approximate 14-minute drive from the airport. The area surrounding the hotel is commercial and the hotel is down the street from gas stations and a Walmart plaza. 

Downtown Cambridge is closer to this hotel than downtown Kitchener, and is an approximate 15-minute drive or taxi ride. It can be reached by a 30-minute bus ride, with the nearest bus stop within a 1-minute walk.
Parking
Complimentary parking is available during your stay at this hotel. Parking for an extra day or two after check-out is available and it is recommended to give the details of your vehicle to the front desk staff if you are leaving it after check-out.
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Book from ~$87 CAD
Well-kept, clean hotel with a well-liked, free hot breakfast, indoor pool and pleasant staff
Location
This hotel is an approximate 14-minute drive or taxi ride from the airport, and is located on the border of Cambridge and Kitchener. The hotel is located just off of the highway, and is within a 5-minute walking distance of a retail plaza and a few fast-food restaurants. 

Downtown Cambridge is the closest city centre from the hotel, and is an approximate 10-minute drive away or can be reached by public transit. The closest bus stop is a 1-minute walk from the hotel and the ride into downtown Cambridge will take about 25 minutes.
Parking
Parking at the hotel is free during your stay. After check-out, extended parking is available and it is required to leave your name and vehicle details with the front desk staff to use this option. 
Waterloo Airport
Feb 13, 2014
by Danielle T., Editor
Location
Waterloo Airport, or The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), is located in the town of Breslau. The name of the airport can be a bit misleading, as it is technically closer to the towns of Kitchener and Cambridge than Waterloo. 

Waterloo is located 17 km, or a 20-minute drive, from the airport. Downtown Kitchener is 12 km, or an approximate 17-minute drive, from the airport by the quickest route, and downtown Cambridge is 14 km, or a 20-minute drive from the airport. 

The hotels closest to the airport are located in Kitchener and Cambridge, and are all located within a 10- to 15-minute drive from the airport. Because the hotels closest to the airport are all within the same general region, they are also all about a 20-minute bus ride or 10-minute drive from downtown Kitchener. 
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Parking
The airport has three parking lots for long-term parking and a small area designated for short-term parking with a limit of 1 hour. 

Rates for the short-term lot are $1 per 15 minutes and $1 for every additional 15 minutes until the 1-hour limit, to a maximum rate of $4 for 1 hour. 

For the long-term lots, rates are $3 per hour, $6 per day or $42 per week. Parking passes are to be paid in advance at one of the six self-serve kiosks and must be displayed face-up on the dashboard. Accessible parking is located in Parking Lot 1 in front of the airport terminal.
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Getting Around: Driving
The approximate travel time for driving into Cambridge, Kitchener or Waterloo from the airport is 20 minutes. 

The airport has two car rental agencies that offer rentals through Avis, National and Hertz. Car rental rates will vary depending on date and length of stay, however, the average price for a rental at the airport is approximately $45 to $60 per day.
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Getting Around
There are several taxi companies that offer service to and from the airport. Contact numbers and websites for each company can be found on Waterloo Airport's website. Taxi fares will vary depending on the distance of your hotel, however, the range for a taxi ride to one of the hotels closest to the airport will be about $18 to $26.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
There is public transit in the Waterloo region, run by Grand River Transit. However, the buses do not run directly to the airport, and the closest stops will be about a 10-minute taxi ride away. Routes will vary depending on which hotel you are staying at, however, there are general directions for taking public transit into Kitchener or Cambridge.

To take the bus into Kitchener, you must first take a taxi to the nearest stop at Lackner Blvd. and Corfield Dr. The bus ride takes approximately 50 minutes and a one-way fare will cost $3.00. 

To take the bus into Cambridge, you must first take a taxi to the nearest stop at Boxwood Dr. and Vondrau Dr. The total travel time is around 1 hour and a one-way fare costs $3.00. 

Because the closest bus stops are a taxi ride away from the airport, despite public transit being cheaper, it may be quicker and more straightforward for guests without access to a vehicle to take a taxi all the way to their hotel.
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Dining
The airport has one restaurant called Aviator Cafe that serves both sit-down meals as well as airline-approved snacks and small meals to bring onto your flight. It should be noted that this restaurant is located in the airport departure lounge and serves those boarding departing flights. A valid boarding pass is required for entry. 

For passengers both arriving and departing, there are two vending machines, located in the main lobby and the departure lounge, that offer snacks and hot and cold beverages. 
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